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Melon de Bourgogne grape variety
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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Melon de Bourgogne is white grape that is a native of the Burgundy area but which has now been reduced to a mere 15 hectares following instructions for its destruction in the early 18th century. (A similar fate was meted out to the Romorantin grape which was totally removed - it is now only found around the village of Cheverny in the Loire.) Strangely, the destruction in Burgundy brought the grape to the attention of the citizens of Nantes on the Atlantic Coast where the vines had been destroyed by the great freeze of 1709 and they embraced this variety for its sturdiness and resistance to the cold. It is now the grape variety found in all of the Muscadet produced in that area.
We love the Domaine de la Cadettte Melon de Bourgogne and the La Soeur Cadette version as well. If you want a wine from Burgundy that is a little different and very obscure then this is well worth trying.
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